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Hull stars face drastic drop cuts

first_img Bruce, speaking ahead of Hull’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, said: “We are a newly-promoted club who have been in the Premier League about 20 months so we always knew we were going to be up against it. “Everybody concerned takes a huge reduction in salary. The club has had a really, really stringent policy so that if we do get relegated the club doesn’t fall into drastic times which a lot of clubs do. “Most players take a 40 and 50 per cent reduction in their salary which is key throughout it all. So we are all realistic to know that yes we want to avoid going into the Championship but we have made sensible provisions, our budget is pretty stringent, so that the club doesn’t leak into the realms it was before and I think that is very important for a club like ours.” Bruce said battling to avoid such a huge drop in salary should act as a big incentive for his players. He added: “Absolutely – I think they need reminding of that! For a club like ours it’s the right provision. “If you get relegated it’s a major overhaul and you basically start over again on your journey, but you want to remain positive and make sure the club doesn’t go through the horrendous times of four or five years ago before the current owners took over.” Hull have not won for two months, their last win being a 2-1 victory over QPR, and desperately need to end the run with matches against Liverpool and Arsenal to come. Bruce’s hopes of Mo Diame providing a welcome boost on return from a lengthy knee injury have yet to be realised however, and the Senegal midfielder again complained of pain in his knee in training this week. Steve Bruce has revealed that Hull players will have their salaries slashed by up to 50 per cent if they are relegated. The Tigers are fourth-bottom of the Premier League with one of the toughest run-ins facing them, and Hull manager Bruce said all players’ contracts have been set up to protect the club financially in the event of relegation. Hull have the third-lowest total wage bill in the Premier League, £43.3million in 2013/14 according to figures filed in Companies House, with only Leicester and Burnley paying less overall. Press Association “He has been out for five months and he is still not 100 per cent,” said Bruce. “And we know that if you are not 100 per cent you cannot perform in this league. “It’s a crying shame as we have missed him.” Bruce hopes the fact Palace have little to play for will go in Hull’s favour but is taking nothing for granted given the turnaround at the Eagles performed by Alan Pardew and before him Tony Pulis. “A big pat of the back deserves to go to Alan and Tony,” Bruce said. ” Only 18 months ago everyone thought they were a goner.” Andy Robertson (ankle) and Curtis Davies (thigh) are still out for Hull while Alex Bruce’s badly broken nose makes him a doubt. last_img read more

USC talents show out through Week 3 of NFL

first_imgFormer USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster slated 96 yards on seven receptions last night against the Buccaneers. (Daily Trojan file photo)The NFL season is underway and Week 3 has concluded with the first- and second-year Trojans making an impact on their respective teams. Along with a talented crop of rookies, former five-star recruits and receivers Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster have demonstrated the USC football program can develop talented players and take them to NFL stardom. Sam DarnoldBranded the face of the Jets franchise after a resounding 48-17 win in his debut against the Detroit Lions, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold struggled against the Browns in Week 3. The pressure was on Darnold on Thursday night to show the Browns they should not have passed on him in the draft with the No. 1 pick. After coming out hot to a 14-0 lead fueled by a strong ground game and consistent quarterback play, the Darnold-led offense sputtered. Following an injury to Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor, rookie Baker Mayfield played his first real snaps. The pressure was even higher as the two highly touted rookies duked it out, but Darnold threw two critical interceptions that overshadowed his solid start to the game. These errors resulted in a 21-17 loss for the Jets.JuJu Smith-SchusterAnother Pro Football Focus hero, second year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster had a 134.0 passer rating on passes targeting him his rookie year, the highest for any rookie receiver in the last 10 years. It’s hard to say that Smith-Schuster is a breakout candidate because it feels like he has already broken out. In his first two games, he’s backed up his fan-favorite personality and eccentric touchdown celebrations with 240 receiving yards and a touchdown. With Le’Veon Bell out for the foreseeable future due to contractual issues, there will be plenty of opportunities for Smith-Schuster to showcase his talent.Adoree’ JacksonAfter posting an 82.3 Pro Football Focus grade and making it onto Pro Football Focus’ list of “Second Year Players Primed to Breakout in 2018,” second year cornerback, Jackson has not disappointed. While it’s hard to evaluate a cornerback’s performance based on statistics alone, Jackson has recorded plenty to justify the hype. In his second game against the divisional rival Texans, he demonstrated his athleticism while recording his first career interception over superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Jackson has come into his own after a rollercoaster rookie year and is positioned to be a stud for the Titans, who hope to return to the playoffs this year.Ronald Jones IIRookie running back Ronald Jones II was taken in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. Yet, in spite of the Bucs’ bottom ranking ground game, Jones has not played a snap with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers ahead of him on the depth chart. In the NFL season’s third week, Jones hoped to have made more of an impact to balance the Bucs’ passing attack. He struggles to fit into the Bucs’ vertical offense as a player who doesn’t catch the ball much; Jones only had 32 catches his entire college career. As the Bucs’ backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick was thrust into the starting job and is averaging over 400 yards passing and four touchdowns over the first two weeks Jones will continue to find where he fits in.Uchenna NwosuAfter striking fear into the hearts of Pac-12 quarterbacks last year, rookie outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu began what he hopes will be a reign of terror on quarterbacks at the next level when he recorded his first sack in Week 2 against the Bills. Otherwise, Nwosu has been relatively quiet on the stat sheet, but is seeing an uptick in snaps after only seeing two defensive snaps his first game. In spite of major injuries, the Los Angeles Chargers are eyeing a playoff berth, and Nwosu looks to be a key piece in a dominant defense this season.last_img read more

Nenagh Éire Óg see off Burgess second time around

first_imgLiam Heffernan’s side beat Burgess by 0-14 to 0-08 in today’s North SHC Final Replay in Nenagh to lift the Frank McGrath Cup.Just like the original game last week, the first half was a slow enough affair, with Nenagh going in 0-05 to 0-03 up at half-time.Midway through the second-half the sides were level on 0-07 apiece, but Nenagh pulled away, thanks in no small part to the efforts of corner-back John Brennan, who was named man-of-the-match.last_img